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Human ancestors lived on shaky ground

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1000pa (Mar. 3, 2011) — Our earliest ancestors preferred to settle in locations that have something in common with cities such as San Francisco, Naples and Istanbul -- they are often on active tectonic faults in areas that have an earthquake risk or volcanoes, or both.

An international team of scientists has established a link between the shape of the landscape and the habitats preferred by our earliest ancestors. The research, by...

1000pa (Mar. 3, 2011) — Our earliest ancestors preferred to settle in locations that have something in common with cities such as San Francisco, Naples and Istanbul -- they are often on active tectonic faults in areas that have an earthquake risk or volcanoes, or both.

An international team of...

Function of 'junk DNA' in human genes

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1000pa (Mar. 8, 2011) — Part of the answer to how and why primates differ from other mammals, and humans differ from other primates, may lie in the repetitive stretches of the genome that were once considered "junk."

A new study by researchers at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine finds that when a particular type of repetitive DNA segment, known as an Alu element, is inserted into existing genes, they can alter the rate at...

1000pa (Mar. 8, 2011) — Part of the answer to...

Homoplasy: A good thread to pull to understand the evolutionary ball of yarn

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1000pa (Feb. 25, 2011) — With the genetics of so many organisms that have different traits yet to study, and with the techniques for gathering full sets of genetic information from organisms rapidly evolving, the "forest" of evolution can be easily lost to the "trees" of each individual case and detail.

A review paper recently published in Science by David Wake, Marvalee Wake and Chelsea Specht, all currently National Science Foundation...

1000pa (Feb. 25, 2011) — With the genetics of so...

Skin color: Handy tool for teaching evolution?

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1000pa (Feb. 20, 2011) — Variations in skin color provide one of the best examples of evolution by natural selection acting on the human body and should be used to teach evolution in schools, according to a Penn State anthropologist.

"There is an inherent level of interest in skin color and for teachers, that is a great bonus -- kids want to know," said Nina Jablonski, professor and head, Department of Anthropology, Penn State. "The...

1000pa (Feb. 20, 2011) — Variations in skin color...

Simple marine worms distantly related to humans

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1000pa (Feb. 10, 2011) — Two groups of lowly marine worms are related to complex species including vertebrates (such as humans) and starfish, according to new research. Previously thought to be an evolutionary link between simple animals such as jellyfish and the rest of animal life -- the worms' surprising promotion implies that they have not always been as simple as they now appear.

Although the marine worms Xenoturbella and Acoelomorpha a...

1000pa (Feb. 10, 2011) — Two groups of lowly...

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Book review

Dinosaurs Encyclopedia

Book Review

Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages ... WRITTEN BY A PROFESSIONAL paleontologist specifically for young readers, this guide to the Dinosauria is packed...